Monday, 21 June 2021

Kidmore left frustrated as tailenders hold out for draw

KIDMORE END had to settle for a draw away at TRING PARK in Division 2A last Saturday.

KIDMORE END had to settle for a draw away at TRING PARK in Division 2A last Saturday.

Due to being a player short, chairman John Sheldon stepped in to make up the numbers for the visitors and make his Thames Valley League first team debut.

The visitors started started well with Jeff Sheldon and Joe Waldron putting on 50 for the first wicket before Jeff Sheldon was dismissed for 25. This triggered a mini collapse as both Guy Ashby and James Harvey fell without scoring to the medium pace of J Seagrave.

Abid ul-Wahab and Waldron rebuilt the innings with some good running between the wickets. Waldron began to find his form and stride before he was caught at long off shortly after he reached his half century.

Matt Stevens joined ul-Wahab and left him promptly for the third duck of the Kidmore innings. Billy Oliver scored a quick fire 11 in a partnership of 32 with ul-Wahab, who by this stage was unleashing his full array of shots.

Frost replaced Oliver with the score on 142-6 with just 14 overs left in the innings but when ul-Wahab was caught in the covers for 45 with just nine overs to go and the score on 155, morale in the Kidmore camp was low.

Frost, who scored 32 not out, and Chris Pigden batted well together. They pushed the ball into the outfield and scampered hard. They both punished anything short with pull shots and swept wayward deliveries from the spinners. They managed to push the score to 199 by the 52nd over. Kidmore started with the old ball and opened their defence of their score with two spinners, left-armer Ashby and right arm off spinner Matt Stevens who both put in good spells. Stevens bowled an economic first spell of 10 overs for just 29 runs and took an important wicket of one of the opening batsmen while Ashby bowled with menace making the ball turn sharply. He would go on to bowl 18 overs for 65 runs and was unlucky to only take one wicket.

Despite the fine bowling wickets were hard to come by. Good fielding from John Sheldon in the deep saved a number of boundaries as did diving stops from Chris Pigden in the covers.

The pick of the fielders was Stevens who forced two breakthroughs thanks to his athleticism. He took a leaping one-handed catch to remove Bowyer for 21 off the bowling of ul-Wahab. Then a few overs later Stevens ran out Grinham with a direct hit from an underarm throw. Haw came in at number six, when the score was 100-4 and attacked Ashby before ul-Wahab trapped him lbw for 26 and then tricked the new batsman into leaving his first ball and letting it thunder into his pads.

The score went from 98-4 off 30 overs to 117-7 from 35 overs. Ul-Wahab took his fourth wicket to finish with 4-29 from 14 overs and Stevens took two wickets in two balls in his second spell which meant Tring were nine wickets down with five overs to go.

Despite throwing everything at Tring, Kidmore could not get the that last wicket and the game fizzled into a draw as Tring finished on 138-9.


J Waldron, c Curry, b Grinham


J Sheldon, c Dixon, b Boniface


J Harvey, c Criddle, b Seagrave


G Ashby, b Seagrave


A ul-Wahab, c Bater, b Bowyer


M Stevens, c Haw, b Seagrave


B Oliver, c Haw, b Bowyer


J Frost, not out


C Pigden, run out




TOTAL (8 wkts)


Best bowling: Seagrave 3-21, Bowyer 2-38.


Dixon, b Ashby


Bater, c Ashby, b Stevens


Bowyer, c Stevens, b ul-Wahab


Grinham, run out


Bushe, lbw,b ul-Wahab


Haw, lbw, b ul-Wahab


Criddle, c Waldron, b Stevens


Curry, b ul-Wahab


Darraugh, b Stevens


Boniface, not out


Seagrave, not out






Best bowling: Ul-Wahab 4-29, Stevens 3-33.

HENLEY 2nds secured 25 points from their away victory at CHISWICK AND WHITTON in Division 2B.

Having won the toss and electing to bat first Henley were bowled out for 262 with A Harris top scoring with 61. In reply the hosts were dismissed for 218 in an innings that saw R Jhandjharia score 113.

Elsewhere in the division WARGRAVE lost out at home to BOYNE HILL. Batting first having won the toss the hosts put on 213 with Tom Prentis top scoring with 57 not out. Boyne Hill eased to 217-3 in reply to secure victory.

A Johnson starred with the bat and ball for HENLEY 3rds but still ended up on the losing side in their Division 4B clash at THEALE AND TILEHURST.

Batting first Henley were bowled out for 135 with Johnson top scoring with 55. In reply the hosts reached their target to win the match with a score of 136-6 with Johnson taking 5-39 for the visitors.

HENLEY 4ths remain bottom of Division 6A despite gaining a losing draw against BURNHAM 4ths at Nettlebed.

The visitors were put into bat first and put on 282-6. In reply J Palmer hit an unbeaten 115 as Henley ended their allotted 50 overs on 229-6.

WARGRAVE 2nds moved up to second place in Division 6B thanks to victory at THATCHAM TOWN 3rds in a match that saw the Colbourne duo shine with the bat and ball.

The hosts, having lost the toss, batted first and put on 247-9 with D Colbourne taking 5-65. In reply Wargrave eased to 252-2 in an innings that saw J Colbourne top score with 101 not out and A Amor chipping in with a half-century.

KIDMORE END 2nds lost out at home to WOOBURN NARKOVIANS 2nds in Division 7B.

The visitors, having won the toss, batted first and put on 219-6 with Ryan Latter taking 5-85 for the hosts. In reply Kidmore End were skittled out for 139.

In Division 9A WARGRAVE 3rds defeated visitors YATELEY 4ths. Having won the toss and batting first Yateley put on 151-9. In reply Wargrave hit 152-6 with A Rajeev top scoring with 50.

Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END 3rds lost out at NEWBURY 3rds. Batting first the visitors were bowled out for 178 with Clarke top scoring with 90. In reply the hosts scored 181-6 to secure the win.

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